The Western Governors’ Association sent comments to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Acting Director Michael Nedd in support of the agency’s proposal to rescind its final rule “Oil and Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands.”
One of BLM’s rationales for the proposed rescission is that the Rule is unnecessarily duplicative of state regulations, which echoes the Western Governors’ view that states effectively regulate hydraulic fracturing and redundant federal regulation is not required.
The comments, sent on September 20, 2017, noted previous outreach to Secretary Jewell stating that western states with oil and gas production have robust regulations to protect the environment and public health and are best-equipped to regulate oil and gas development. The outreach also noted WGA Policy Resolution 2016-09, Energy and Transmission, which reiterates that hydraulic fracturing is effectively regulated by states, Tribes, and other BLM regulations. Read, download the Comments.